Good Morning, Brooklyn: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE: Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will make its Election Protection Hotline available, and has created an FAQ guide, for the upcoming June 28 election and during New York’s early voting period, which runs from now until Sunday, June 26. The hotline will be available to troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues encountered by voters, including voting by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 crisis or in-person at their polling place.
Voters who experience problems can report issues to OAG by calling the new hotline number at (866) 390-2992, submitting complaints online, or emailing [email protected]
CANCER SURVIVORS DAY RETURNS: Maimonides Health hosted its 14 annual “Cancer Survivors Day” event (following a two-year, pandemic-related hiatus) at Maimonides Park in honor of cancer patients and survivors who have received treatment at the hospital. As part of the special event’s programming, the following survivors and patients were honored as 2022 Cancer Survivors Awardees: Makhi William, Lisette Caesar, Christine Rodriguez, Areita Guy.
Thursday’s event included food, live music by the Mazel Tov Cocktail Band (featuring Maimonides’ oncologists), and speeches from Kenneth D. Gibbs, President & CEO, Maimonides Health; Kevin Becker, MD, Chief Division of Hematology Medical Oncology; and Patrick Borgen, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery.
SAINT SAVIOUR PUPILS CREATE WORLD HISTORY MUSEUM: The sixth grade at St. Saviour Catholic Academy in Park Slope recently completed their social studies capstone project and opened their international “museum” last Friday, June 17, for two showings. The 6th graders each chose a time in history to represent using both primary and secondary sources to accurately represent their projects, consulting with the art teacher to make sure their projects were true and realistic. Their exhibits, from World History, showcased The Beauty and Blood of Southeast Asia (focused on feudalistic Japan and the culture of Southeast Asia); The Wonders of Ghana (focused on the West African nation’s rich history and trade practices); The Origins of Religion in India (focused on the beginnings of Buddhism and Hinduism in Indus Valley culture); CATapult (focused on weaponry and architecture in Medieval times); The Rebirth of Life in Europe (focused on Renaissance art and architecture); The Light of the Islamic World (focused on war and luxury in the Islamic world of North Africa & Iran); Ancient Egypt (focused on architecture and art in Ancient Egypt); Medieval World (Christianity in Medieval times); Early China Living (Chinese daily life and architecture) and Ancient Rome at its finest! (Roman architecture and warfare)
MORE HONORS FOR POTSDAM STUDENTS FROM BROOKLYN BROOKLYNITES ATTAIN ACADEMIC HONORS AT SUNY POTSDAM: The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named several rising seniors and juniors from Brooklyn to its President’s List, in recognition of their academic excellence during the Spring 2022 semester. Tanaeja Braddox, a rising senior from zip code 11236 (Canarsie), whose major is Psychology; Saens Derival, a rising senior from 11213 (Crown Heights), whose major is Speech Communication; Alana Leitch, a rising senior also from 11213 (Crown Heights) whose major is Speech Communication; Noah Tan, a rising senior from 11234 (Marine Park/Bergen Beach/Mill Basin), majoring in Music Education (11234); Ruth Dwan, a junior from (11235/southeast Brooklyn/Sheepshead Bay/Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach), whose major is Music Education; Jeffrey Williamson, a junior from 11208 (Cypress Hills/East New York), majoring in Business Administration.
Moreover, three Potsdam students majoring in Psychology were named to the school’s Dean’s List, for those who attained a G.P.A. between 3.25 and 3.49. They are: Taneea Grant, a graduating senior from zip code 11236 (Canarsie); Leyshka Hernandez Luyanda, a graduating senior from 11212 (Brownsville); and Fernanda Muniz, a junior from 11213 (Crown Heights).
PUBLIC HEARING ON CLARKSON DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: The Clarkson Estates Mixed-Use Project is the subject of a public hearing taking place via Zoom tonight, Tuesday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., Brooklyn Community Board 9 has announced. The meeting’s stated purpose is to inform the public on this proposed project, at 329 Clarkson Avenue (Tax Block 4828, Lot 21) across from the SUNY Downstate and Kings County Medical Center campuses in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
According to the Public Hearing notice, the property is currently owned by the SUNY-affiliated Health Science Center at Brooklyn Foundation and is being used as a parking facility.
GODSQUAD TO HONOR COMMUNITY LEADERS: The GodSquad/67th Precinct Clergy Council will honor several community leaders at its 12th Anniversary Evening of Remembrance and Celebration, taking place tonight at J Loft in East Flatbush. Honorees are Carolyn Dixon, CEO and founder of Where Do We Go From Here Inc.; Pastor Donna Baptiste of Alliance Tabernacle at Clarendon Road; Rabbi Bob Kaplan, executive director at The Center for Community Leadership; State Senator Zellnor Myrie (D-20/Central Brooklyn and Flatbush); NYPD Deputy Inspector Gaby Celiba of the 67th Precinct; and GodSquad Interns Rateb Bagdady and Kadijatou Barry.
The GodSquad/67th Precinct Clergy Council, Inc. is a faith-based organization with the mission of preventing gun violence, defusing neighborhood tensions and serving as a liaison between the community and law enforcement.
FUNDING FOR YOUTH ART PROGRAM: U.S. Rep Hakeem Jeffries (D-8/eastern Brooklyn) was set to announce on Friday evening that he has secured $750,000 (through the government funding law) for Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet to finance a performance guidance program for secondary school students that will help them prepare for auditions and college or conservatory selection. Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet is a Brooklyn-based non-profit whose mission is to use the artistic expression of dance and other integrated art forms to uplift communities through education, performance and cultural programming and to provide mentorship.
The announcement was planned to occur at a performance titled “Reimagining” to mark Juneteenth.
WORKSHOPS ON HOUSING: NHS Brooklyn Community Development Corporation is offering several workshops and webinars through the rest of June, including on a Home Insurance Webinar, today (Tuesday), June 21; a Homeowner Resource Fair, Wednesday, June 22, Financial Education, Thursday, June 23; First Time Homebuying, and Landlord Training, both taking place next Tuesday, June 28; and Home Improvement Grants & Working with Contractors, on Wednesday, June 29.
Registration is required for many of these events; visit www.nhsbrooklyn.org for more information.
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